Sunday, March 11, 2012

Solar Flare northern lights and Japan one year later

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Solar flare, the northern lights and Japan one year later: Morning roundup

The solar flare came and went without creating much of a ruckus Thursday. Our national power grid and other technology easily weathered the storm. But the flare left its mark in another way, as the northern lights, or aurora borealis, could be seen dancing Thursday through the Canadian and Alaskan skies.
Aurora borealis dance over power lines on the Old Glenn Highway near Butte, Alaska. (Oscar Edwin Avellaneda-Cruz - Reuters)

But although this solar storm seems to have fizzled, scientists say we might see others in the coming days, month or year. Read about what these storms are capable of on NASA’s Web site.
More of your morning links below:
Anniversary of the day
The tsunami and earthquake hit Japan almost a year ago. Today, photos tell the tale of destruction and recovery. (Washington Post)
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that followed Japan’s quake left changed attitudes in Japan. Over the past few months, the country has largely shut down its nuclear power industry. (MSNBC/NYT)
Breakthrough deal of the day
A long-delayed agreement over U.S. detention facilities in Afghanistan will finally start the handover to Afghan control. (The Guardian)
Research of the day
HIV rates in U.S. black women are much higher than thought, new research shows. Some rates are close to the incidence seen in sub-Saharan Africa. (L.A. Times Health)
Teens are not abandoning TV for the Internet. Teen TV watching is actually on the rise. (LA Times Business)
Opposition move of the day
Russian opposition won local seats in last Sunday’s election, despite Vladi­mir Putin taking the presidency. Activists think this will be the best way to bring about change in the country. (WSJ)
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I was thinking that in regard to Solar Flares if you research the Carrington Event 1859:A Super Solar Flare: 1859 The Carrington Event
And you see that this kind of thing could happen at any time (at least once every 200 to 300 years) that one such Carrington Event might take out all or most satellites and many pipelines would burst into flame that carried natural gas or oil or other flammable liquids or blind all sorts of metal electronic vehicles on air, land or sea or take out temporarily or permanently communication devices of all kinds, that having non-magnetic storage devices like DVDs and CD's are really important if and when another Carrington like event occurs. Because it is uncertain what electronic devices would be left working and which wouldn't after the next such event. Because another Carrington event is Not If But When.

Also, if you view the Japanese Tsunami in the context of the 2004 Tsunami that killed almost 225,000 people in Indonesia, Thailand, India and Ceylon you see that losing 20,000 to 225,000 people anywhere on the ring of fire could happen almost anywhere or anytime because of plate tectonics and the ring of fire itself. Also, for example, in Sudan, Islamic peoples genocided about 300,000 Animists over Oil and other resources there. So, fights over resources in poorer areas between competing religious groups likely is inevitable, but less likely among the richer nations of differing religions at least for now.

However, as oil prices inevitably go higher in the long run, it is going to change the world in many unusual ways into a completely new dynamic than we have seen since 1900 here on earth. The consequences likely will be horrific for the poorer less educated nations unfortunately. So, as populations grow it is going to become less and less unusual to see 20,000 to 300,000 people pass away within a few years or over night depending upon what is going on just because there are so many more people everywhere than there were during World War II when there were only 1 billion or 2 billion on the whole earth at that time. Now there are 7 billion people on earth and rising. 

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